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About Matthew Knight

Matthew received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2021. His dissertation, "Our Gaelic Department": The Irish-Language Column in the New York Irish-American,1857-1896, explores the efforts of Irish immigrants in North America to preserve and cultivate the Irish language. He teaches "Irish Rebels and Revolutionaries," "The Irish in America," "History Internships in Libraries and Archives," "Curating Digital Collections," and "Ireland at War." His current book projects involve the Dion Boucicault Theatre Collection and the propagation of the Irish language in the 19th-century American popular press.


Present Associate Librarian / Affiliate Faculty (History), University of South Florida
Present USF Tampa Libraries, University of South Florida

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • NYPL Short-Term Research Fellowship 2018-2019
  • USF Professional Development Leave 2019
  • USF Professional Development Leave 2023
  • USF Outstanding Faculty Librarian Award, 2021-2022
  • USF Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship 2023-24


  • Ireland at War
  • Irish-American Newspaper Press
  • Irish Rebels and Revolutionaries
  • The Path to the Easter Rising, 1916
  • Fenianism and the Irish Literary Revival
  • The Irish in America

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Presentations (22)